A mammoth effort on Sunday afternoon was seen from Marist ladies in their semi-final championship game. They pulled together a class game and fought to the very end against Celtic. Had it not been for an outstanding performance by Jo-Jo the Celtic keeper, the score would have been vastly different.
Our girls came out and hit Celtic full force from the first ball. The back line of Karen Hughes, Aisling Byrne, Katriona Kiely, Paula Kenneally, Sarah Brannigan and Ashling Leonard, gave the Celtic forwards the challenge of their season. They marked hard and tight and kept Celtic on the back foot. With Elaine on debut in the goal, they proved a formidable force. Captain, Paula Kenneally, gave good lead to the team and put confidence in the kickers. Her casual yet intense perspective of the game, gave confidence to the newer players.
Midfield, Caoilfhionn Ni Fhathaigh and Anne Marie Byrne brought calm and flow to the game; they dominated Celtic and took control of our team. The backing and support given to them from the back line helped them to deliver well-placed and timed passes to the forwards. Anne Marie‘s efforts were acknowledged when she was named player of the match. A threatening overhead ball from Caoilfhionn into the full forward line saw Kim Stirling dodge the Celtic goalie and secure a goal within the first ten minutes.
A strong forward line saw us capitalise on the hard work of the backs and mid field. Aine Clabby played an exceptional defence and attack game in the half forward line. She was well backed by Aislynn Rogers with Shauna White providing a dependable option. Brenda Biggins played a solid game as she has done so through the whole season providing constant concern fro her Celtic defender. The forward line was completed by a skilful Rebekah Ryan who along with Aine Clabby, and Anne Marie brought three further points to the Marist score line.
The sideline team showed the depth of the Marist Girls by providing Coaches with a hard call when it came to naming the squad. With Christine Doyle and Lorraine subbing in during the second half and Mairead Hallissey, Michelle Devane, and Sarah McNally standing by at the ready. Special note to Aine Friel who made a dramatic return to us when we needed her most!
Congratulations on a hard battled season girls. Thanks to Bernie O’Callaghan, Tom ‘Bran Man’ Brannigan and Niall ‘Lion’ Croghan – we would have gone nowhere without your ongoing commitment and perseverance – we hope to see you all back next year.
To the supporters on Sunday, thank you for turning out in such good numbers.